Rep. Huelskamp: SOPA and PIPA would be ‘huge disaster’

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, January 19, 2012 18:47 EDT
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After the largest online protest in history on Wednesday, a number of lawmakers have decided to make their opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) well known. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) was questioned about the bills during his hour-long telephone town hall event on Thursday and later uploaded his response to YouTube.

“The Internet has a number of sites that are used to illegally violate patent and copyright protections we have here in this country, and these two bills are directed at dealing with that problem,” he said.

“But I believe they go overboard and effect the ability of everybody who is using the Internet,” Huelskamp continued. “I believe there is a problem out there with the misuse of the Internet but putting Washington or the FCC in charge of the Internet I think would be a huge disaster.”

“So I plan on voting no and am encouraging folks to look at more constitutionally friendly ways to deal with this patent and copyright infringement problem.”

While many Members of Congress dropped their support of the bills following the blackout protest on Wednesday, many Senate Democrats did not.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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